If you aren’t familiar, The Real is a daytime talk show hosted by four amazing women — Tamera Mowry, Jeannie Mai, Loni Love, and Adrienne Bailon. The show was created by Sally Ann Salsano, owner of 495 Productions.
The Real‘s panel of hosts is a perfect example of what we need to see more of in 2017 and beyond. They’re a group of strong, independent, opinionated, intelligent women with diverse backgrounds and long careers.
As a young black woman myself, I love that I can tune into this show and see four women whose struggles and beliefs I can relate strongly to. As they’ve pointed out multiple times on the show, it has been inspiring for them throughout the years to see girls and women who looked like them on television or in movies.
Having each found success in acting, comedy, fashion, and music, these four women can offer insight on what it’s like to be black, Latina , and Asian in the entertainment industry and what still needs to change.
Each episode of the show begins with a segment called Girl Chat, where they discuss everything from current events to recent surveys from the media on marriage, friendships, etc.
Here are four of my favorite Girl Chat segments from this season so far:
1. The hosts and political activist Killer Mike discuss what the public can do in the post-election days to stay aware and active.
2. The hosts discuss the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, which was halted late last year thanks to President Obama, only to be pushed forward again with the new administration.
3. The hosts discuss “fake news” (the President’s favorite subject) and how important it is to stay informed using a credible source.
4. Tamara interviewed Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson, who’s one of the most inspiring black women in the entertainment industry right now.
The fact that The Real was created and has lasted for three seasons (and has been renewed for a fourth) is a testament to the strides that the industry is making, for sure, but there’s a long way left to go.
Female actresses are still being paid less than men for equal roles in the same movies, forms of entertainment written and created by women aren’t given nearly enough attention or opportunity, unrealistic standards of beauty put damaging pressure on women in fashion, and comedy is still very much a man’s world.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg, but the baby steps being taken are better than none at all.
I’m looking forward to watching several more seasons of The Real, and learning more from its hosts.
Bradleigh is a co-founder and content curator for The Sirens Rise with a BA in Media Studies. Her favorite things to do are listen to music, get lost in a book, write for hours, and eat way more chocolate than one human being ever should.